The modern day Jeep is a direct result of World War II. In 1939 American industry began to mobilize for war. Many companies vied for military contracts for a variety of weapons and vehicles.

        Among the needs of the American Army, was a light, general purpose 4x4 vehicle. Willys- Overland won the contract with the original model designated MB-General Purpose, or GP. It was this GP designation that soon earned the vehicle the nickname Jeep. These versatile and agile vehicles revolutionized the idea of all terrain vehicles.

The Model MB Jeep
        The model MB served many roles during the war and earned praise from all ranks in the military. It was well know for its durability and ability to traverse almost any terrain. 

        During 1950 the Model MC/M38 was introduced which included a one piece windshield, tailgate and a 24 volt electrical system. In 1951 the M38A1 replace the MC/M38. This model employed a newer F-head 134 4 cylinder engine and the rounded front fender associated with the CJ-5 Civilian Jeep.

Model MC/M38
 Model M38A1 
        Having Proved it's worth during the war, the jeep became popular with civilians back in the states. There were innumerable uses for the jeep in day to day life. Willys-Overland, having recognized a growing market, geared up for the demand. By 1946, the CJ-2A was performing a variety of functions for farmers, contractors, utility companies, explorers and mining operations. In 1948 the CJ-3A was introduced. The most notable visual difference of the CJ-3A was the one piece windshield.

       In 1946, Jeep station wagons entered the market with the 4 cylinder Model 4-63. in 1948, the under powered 4 cylinder engine of the Model 4-63 was replaced by the 148.5 cubic inch L-head six of the Model 6-63 Willys-Overland. In 1950, a slighter larger 161 six cylinder engine was introduced in the Model 6-73.